Day 98: Tree

Day 98: Tree

Mile 1363.2 to 1391 We woke up at our campsite just over the border from Lassen Volcanic National Park. With smoke still hanging in the air from the nearby wildfire, I expected a spectacular sunrise. We got one, but it was unfortunately blocked by trees. We were...
Day 97: Lassen Volcanic National Park

Day 97: Lassen Volcanic National Park

Mile 1343.5 to 1363.2 (plus 9 non-PCT miles) We camped .3 miles from the border of Lassen Volcanic National Park. New regulations require all campers to store their food in either bear boxes or bear canisters. We sent our bear canisters home after the Sierra, and we...
Day 95-96: Ohhh, We’re Halfway There

Day 95-96: Ohhh, We’re Halfway There

Mile 1315.5 – 1343.5 A rustle, a snapping branch, and hot breath. I quickly slid my hand over to my headlamp, aimed it, and turned it on. A comically startled deer with a face frozen in surprise as it nearly fell over itself trying to bound away.  10...
Day 93: Starry Sky

Day 93: Starry Sky

Mile 1257.2 to 1286.5. Like an ice cube floating in a punch bowl, we floated among the stars. Our campsite on the pinnacle of Lookout Rock gave us a 360 view of our galaxy. Shooting stars, satellites, and the Milky Way twinkled as we struggled to take it all in and...
Day 92: Smelling the Roses

Day 92: Smelling the Roses

Mile 1242 to 1257.4 We woke up at 5:00, and I could see Bedazzled looking at me to see if I was moving. “How about we sleep a little more,” I said, and we both rolled over and closed our eyes. We got a sleepy start at 6:00 and made our way among towering...

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